Homemade Crunchy Granola

Always one for experimenting with new breakfast options, I thought I better try my hand at making a ‘healthy granola’.

I’m a big fan of extra crunchy granolas with plenty of generous sized nut pieces to bite in to.

I’m not however, a fan of ANY of the granola boxes that line the supermarket shelves…it’s a sad fact that the majority of these are filled with a plethora of refined sweeteners (sugars, syrups, powders), refined grains, fillers, preservatives and unknown ingredients, making them a terrible breakfast option.

So this recipe had a few boxes to tick.  It needed to have a base of simple ingredients, healthy sweeteners and plenty of nuts for the crunch and protein. This recipe definitely ticks the nutritionists boxes.  It has a delicious nutty flavour and subtle sweetness making it ideal for a late breakfast, brunch or even snack option.

It’s beautiful when drenched in straight coconut or almond milk or with a good dollop of coconut yoghurt.

It’s full of hearty oats, crunchy nuts and little sweet hits of gojis and dates.  *I used the liquid sweetener coconut nectar here (because I like the flavour) but any liquid sweetener (like honey or maple syrup) would substitute easily.  For a less-sweet version, you could omit the sweetener completely and just add a little extra coconut oil.

Enjoy….x

Ingredients:

~ 150g old-fashioned organic oats (GF if needed)

~ 80g raw almonds (large handful)

~ 80g raw brazil nuts (large handful)

~ 40g desiccated coconut

~ 4 tbsp coconut oil (or 1/2 cup) – melted

~ 2 heaped tbsp natural peanut butter

~ 2-3 tbsp sweetener (I used coconut nectar, see notes above*)

~ A handful of dates (about 7-8 dried dates, soaked in hot water for 15 mins)

~ 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

~ 1 tsp cinnamon

~ 1/4 tsp himalayan pink salt

~ 2 tbsp goji berries (Other chopped dried fruits would be nice – raisons, apricots, cherries or cranberries – just make sure they’ve got no added sugar/oils)

~ 2 tbsp cacao nibs

How to:

~ Grind the nuts of your choice into food processor, still chunky but not whole.

~ Add the nuts to a mixing bowl with oats, coconut, gojis, cacao nibs, cinnamon, salt.

~ Warm up the peanut butter, sweetener and coconut oil with vanilla.

~ Pop the dates in the food processor with a little hot water or mash until a chunky paste is formed.

~ Add all the wet ingredients to the dry and mix it all up…using the back of a spoon and then your (clean) hands.

~ Line a tray with baking paper and then take spoonfuls of the mixture to line the tray.

~ Use your hands and the back of a spoon to push down the granola mix.

~ Pop the tray in an oven to bake at 150 degrees for about 25 minutes or until golden on top. Could give it a stir about half way through to ensure it gets toasted evenly.

~ Remove from oven and leave to cool, before popping into the mixing bowl again to mix it all up and ensure it’s evenly mixed.

~ Once fully cool, store in large glass jars or any airtight container.  De-lish and Nu-trish!

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